What is it? That thing which we cannot live without, water. Oh sure it’s nice to have in the house to do random things with like bathe or brush your teeth but not behind the walls or heaven forbid, in the crawl hole. The dreaded crawl hole, that dark place that makes claustrophobic men shudder.
It’s the last thing you want to find out when you are giddy with excitement about finding your dream home or trying to sell your current one. But let’s face it, it has to be dealt with or it will only get worse.
I have a good deal of stories about water intrusion from my 23 years in the real estate market. The ones that make me cringe the most are the stories of buyers who didn’t find out about water problems until after they bought their home. Sometimes these buyers did not choose to hire a home inspector (never, I say never do that) or they hired someone unqualified do the job right.
It’s very important to hire professionals with plenty of experience and referrals when investing in something as expensive as a new home.
Infrared thermal imaging is one way home inspectors can find traces of moisture in your walls before any visual evidence appears. I recently experienced this first hand with a home I was marketing and we were able to make the repairs much cheaper than if it had gone undetected. Whew! Happy seller makes me happy Realtor.
I highly recommend considering a home inspector who uses this new technology. Do I know one you ask? Of course. His name is Randy Funk. Check out his website for more information here. He serves all of SW Idaho and is regularly featured on 670KBOI. He might just be a local celebrity.
When hiring a Realtor to help you find your new home or sell your existing home in the Boise area, it’s just as important to hire a professional with lots of experience and referrals. I might happen to know a great Realtor too….ME!
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